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One puppy or two?

Just wanted some more informed opinions, we are getting one Havanese puppy soon, and strongly believe that we will eventually want two in our family.

My wife has already made plans to be highly available in the near future for training our coming addition. Does it make sense to bring two puppies into the family at once, given the time we've already set aside for training and care? Or is it really much better to introduce one at a time to the family?

Both my wife and I have had dogs in our lives before, but not recently, and it's been a very long time since either of us dealt with the puppy stages (and were not principal trainers at the time).

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You're going to get a lot of votes for one at a time but I'm on the other side of the fence. I've had two (or more) siblings in my home twice in the past and both times it was wonderful, both for me and for them. The kinship they had toward each other was remarkable and their attachment to me was special.

I think, especially with havs who are such loving creatures, having another one there when you're not is helpful. I personally wouldn't hesitate to have two at a time. There are some who say it's going to be difficult during potty training, but my experience was just the opposite. When one did the right thing, the other followed. So my answer is yes to two provided you're temperamentally suited to it.

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Two is definitely more challenging, but I've done it, and would definitely do it again.

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Two Havs, definitely! They will be able to play together and keep each other busy in a "dog" kind of way.

But two puppies at the same time.....I wouldn't. They may bond more strongly with each other than with you. Also, it may be more difficult to potty train them - and figure out who is responsible for those potty accidents! I had enough trouble keeping my eyes on one puppy at a time - it is like a 24/7 kind of a thing especially in the beginning.

I'd get one puppy, and then get another one, anywhere from a few months to a few years after that.

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I agree with Jane.

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Two Havs! ... eventually.

It is so much easier to train them one at a time. If training goes really well, why don't you talk about finding a second one a couple of weeks or months later?

You might want to research this forum about people having dogs revert from their training. Most of them only had one dog at that point and were frustrated. Imagine having two puppies that start having accidents everywhere and not listening to you.

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I too agree with Jane. I got my second on when the first one was 11 months old. It was a smoother transition to having 2 furballs.

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I think it's best to get them separately unless you get litter mates. I've had two puppies together, but further apart in age and they both bonded very closely with me as well as each other.

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I personally would NOT get two puppies from the same litter or at the same time. If you space them out a year or so,it'll be easier for you I'd think.

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There is one person here with 2 pups from the same litter, brothers Nico and could PM Sunnygirl and she might have some insight for you, although..I think she got Desi a few months after Nico.

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